E-Books: Home

This guide provides an overview of e-books and various e-book collections that can be accessed through the library.

About This Guide

This guide will provide an overview of e-books and will examine the e-book collections accessible through Bishop Library.  


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What are E-Books?

An e-book or electronic book is a "digital file containing a body of text and images suitable for distributing electronically and displaying on-screen in a manner similar to a printed book."

e-book. (2012). In Encyclopædia Britannica. 

E-Book Formats

E-books come in various formats, depending upon the publisher or provider of the e-book.  Some formats are industry standards (ePub, PDF) while others may be proprietary to a specific company (MOBI - Amazon Kindle).


E-Book Collections

The library subscribes to general e-book collections, such as Ebook Central (formerly Ebrary Academic Complete) and EBSCO eBooks, that cover a wide-range of subject areas. The library also has access to specialized e-book collections through online databases such as:

Additionally, you can search for millions of e-books (many in the public domain) by using search interfaces such as Google Books and the library's new discovery interface, Primo.

Click on the tabs above to learn more about the different e-book collections that you can access through the library.  Most collections will allow you to print and/or download to PDF sections or pages from the e-books.  Ebook Central also offers downloading of entire e-books for up to a 21 day loan (not supported for Kindle e-readers).

Digital Rights Management

Digital Rights management (DRM) is used to control access to copyrighted digital materials such as printing, copying and sharing. 

So, if an e-book has DRM protection, you may need an additional piece of software, such as Adobe Digital Editions, to be able to view the protected e-book on your e-reader or other mobile device.

Learn more about Digital Rights Management here.